Since the start of the series in Atlanta last Monday, the Mets offense has shown some much-needed signs of life.
Over their last eight games, the team has scored an average of 4.6 runs per game, up from their season average of 4.0, which ranks 10th in the National League. It’s also a huge improvement from their eight previous games, during which they averaged just 2.8 runs per game...
David Wright has been a major contributor to this increased production, hitting to the tune of .361/.378/.778 over that span with eight of his 13 hits going for extra bases, including three home runs. He’s clearly locked in right now after a tough slump that saw his average drop to .273, his lowest mark since the start of the season. Wright is the centerpiece of the Mets lineup and his hitting is a vital part of any offensive success the team might have.
But as we saw earlier in the season, Wright can be at the top of his game and the team will still fail to score runs if no one around him is hitting. Enter Eric Young, Jr. In the five games he’s played since joining the Mets, he has hit .365/.417/.500 from the leadoff spot, and has done a great job of both setting the table and driving in runs. That said, his BABIP is well over .400, which is in no way sustainable, so we should expect regression from him soon. But even if he reverts to his line in Colorado (.641 OPS over 57 games), it will still be an upgrade for what has been a black hole in the leadoff spot, where the Mets had gotten just a .548 OPS before his arrival.
Juan Lagares has been another vital piece of the puzzle for the Mets over their last eight games, hitting .320 with 4 doubles during that stretch. His hot streak is also bolstered by a high BABIP and he is still striking out in over 25% of his plate appearances, but his line drive rate is quite good. If he can keep working on his pitch selection, he should provide at least enough offense to keep his glove out on the field.
All three of these players are due to cool off a bit, along with the still-raking Marlon Byrd, but the team may find that some of their production will come from players who are currently struggling.
Daniel Murphy’s usual June swoon has continued through the team’s rebound, but some good contact over the last few days may be key for him to work his way out of this prolonged slump. John Buck is just 2 for his last 20, but it’s possible that the increased time off that he is now receiving will boost his bat a bit. And of course, the wild card is the looming return of Ike Davis. If he has the second half he did last year, the entire complexion of this lineup could change drastically.